Commentary: More CEO's Need to Stand Up to Protect our Democracy
Leadership Now's Business Statement on the Election featured in Fortune.
Last week, a group of business leaders, mostly from technology companies and investment firms, issued an unprecedented statement supporting democratic elections amidst the current crisis. The need for such an extraordinary statement from an unexpected quarter reflects the atmosphere of doubt and fear that prevails as voting is underway. Efforts to delegitimize voting by mail, threats to intimidate voters at polling places, and other insidious forms of voter suppression have all challenged the integrity of the electoral process.
For these reasons, the signatories of the Leadership Now Project statement felt compelled to declare that “the health of America’s economy and markets rests on the founding principles of our democracy: elections where everyone’s vote is counted.” The three principles that they propose for the conduct of the elections are striking in their simplicity but shocking for their necessity: “ensuring that every vote will be counted”; urging the media to “take caution and avoid calling the election prematurely”; and calling on business leaders to “promote patience and civility.”